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Air Force announces six finalists for location of US Space Command

Staff Sgt. Alex Garviria and 2nd Lt. Rachel James of the 721st Communication Squadron work in the Global Strategic Warning and Space Surveillance System Center at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colo., Sept. 2, 2014. The squadron provides monitoring of strategic missile warning systems of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), Air Force Space Command and others.

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By LEADA GORE | Alabama Media Group | Published: April 6, 2019

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Tribune News Service) — A U.S. Air Force memorandum obtained by CNN Friday revealed the six military sites on the shortlist to house the new U.S. Space Command.

According to the memo, four Colorado sites, one Alabama site and one California base are on the list.

The Colorado finalists are: Buckley Air Force Base, Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Peterson Air Force Base, and Schriever Air Force Base. Alabama’s Redstone Arsenal also made the cut, while California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base rounds out the list.

The final six locations were selected based on cost, co-location with an existing military organization that would become a component of the future Space Command, access to a C-18 aircraft capable airfield, communications connectivity, administration buildings and available base support, CNN reported.

The command could bring as many as 1,450 personnel, including 390 military officers, 183 enlisted personnel, 827 civilians and 50 contractors to the selected location.

Absent from the list of finalists were military installations in Florida. The state, which is home to a number of space-related facilities including NASA's Kennedy Space Center, had actively lobbied the Air Force to be considered as the home for the new command.

The memo also identified Redstone’s Space and Missile Defense Command as one of the existing military components that will be assigned to the Space Command. The Space Force itself will fall under the Air Force.

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